A Harry Potter Christmas

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Well, I'm back and its time to get busy with life again. I had two wonderful weeks of enjoyable relaxation. It was so great, I only had to set the alarm twice... to wake up each Sunday. Of course the first Monday of my break also involved the alarm clock, but not because I wanted it to. Then went it went off, I could figure out how to turn it off, so I unplugged the clock and went back to sleep.

I would guess I averaged 9 hours of sleep per night during the break, and now I'm pretty well rested. I simply need to concentrate on not giving it all back in the first few weeks of the semester.

After reading "The Last Juror" right before going home, I polished off "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" during the break. I read these three in that order, so it went five, four, three... which may have been a little confusing trying to remember what happened in what book, but a little variety is the spice of life, no?

Last year at Christmas, I got hit hard with the flu and spent a week doing nothing but sleeping, puking, and reading all five Harry Potter books (for the first time) in six days. I loved the books, and the stories were great, but I missed some of the finer parts of the books because I read through them too quickly.

Having taken a bit more leisurely pace this year, I really got a chance to enjoy the intricacies of the plot, and spot some of the foreshadowing and literary technique. Now, I doubt anyone is calling these books literary masterpieces, but the writing is excellent, and J. K. Rowling does a fantastic job of maturing her writing to match her readers (most of which aren't 22).

So, why am I writing about Harry Potter? Well, cause I love Harry Potter now! I liked it before Christmas, I love it now. If you haven't read the Harry Potter books, go to the library and check them out!

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